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7 Reasons Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets

These golden oldies have so much love to give!

I adopted both of my guys as adults and now that they’re fully enjoying their golden years at 10 and 11 years old respectively, I’m learning all about why having a senior cat is the absolute best

1. You Will Discover a New Side of Your Cat
Both of my cats have really changed as they have aged. Lyle was always a high-high-high energy cat who had a whole bunch of love to give—and who needed a whole lot of attention too. As he’s aged, he’s slowed down significantly and this mellowing has created the sweetest cuddle monster I’ve ever met. Conversely, my super shy guy, Lincoln, has come out of his shell in his advancing age and his timidity has faded to the background as he learned how to play and hunt and be a bit of a goofball. It’s amazing what a long-term, safe home will do for a formerly terrified cat.

2. Old Man Noises
My older cats have lost the self-consciousness of youth and they don’t seem to mind making a variety of funny old-guy noises. From snoring and snorting while asleep, to making little chirpy noises when dreaming, to responding with a weird “MRUMMMP” noise whenever you disturb one of their many naps, these guys are just comfortable being in their own skin. It’s completely hilarious. You do you, old guys!

3. Senior Cats Just Get It
Senior cats really know how to spend their free time. Mine are perfectly content to stare out the window for hours on end, pondering the great mysteries of life. Things like “Is that a bird?” “Is that a different bird?” “If I fall asleep right now, how many bird sightings will I miss?” and so on. These wise philosophers may just hold the key to eternal happiness (Naps + TV, who’s with me?).

4. A Sleeping Cat is the Best Thing Ever (and These Guys Can SLEEP)
If you haven’t spent some quality time enjoying the zen experience of observing cats as they sleep, you are totally missing out. Senior cats sleep much more than their younger counterparts, so the opportunities to have your day brightened by the sight of your little nut asleep with his tongue hanging out of his mouth, or drooling, or in some crazy body position are increased exponentially. Being super old is hard work, and my cats certainly take the edge off by sleeping basically all the time.

5. The Things Older Cats Need are Easy to Give
Older folk can tend to be stuck in their ways—they like what they like, no need for the shiny or the new. So if you find that just perfectly them-shaped bed, you are pretty much all set. My cat Lyle is probably in his bed right now, he loves it so much. Seniors really don’t ask for a lot—they just need the food they like best, the scratches that make their eyes close up tight with utter joy, a nice clean litterbox, a comfy place to lie down, and you nearby so that they know they are home and safe. Easy peasy!

6. Senior Cats Make Awesome Pets for Seniors
Given their lower energy levels, relatively low maintenance care, and generally easy-going personalities, senior cats make outstanding pets. They are particularly suited to humans who enjoy the quiet life and are willing to give these special animals laid-back love and attention. They’re great companions for older individuals; anyone in need of a huge helping of love and devotion should rescue a senior cat! A kitten may be super cute, but the bond between a senior cat and its human is incredibly strong and they absolutely know that you are their family.

7. Seniors love with ALL their hearts
Senior cats often land in shelters after losing their home for some reason—a move, their older person transitioning into a care facility, you name it. These cats are used to having a person. If you are in the position to offer one of these special cats a forever home in their senior years, they will reward you with a heap of love like you have never experienced. Whatever you put into your relationship with a senior cat will come back ten-fold. Adopt an old Gus today!

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  • Rusty Rollings

    I have a sanctuary/rescue for senior cats that get dumped in kill shelters. I can only take in a few and many do have health issues but they have a wonderful place to spend their golden years with love, excellent vet care and food provided by my donors. I wish more people would consider a senior cat.

  • Joyce

    My two even know and try to comfort me when I’m down, or having a bad day.

  • Sue

    I adopted a senior cat (the SPCA claimed that he was 3, but my vet said at least 10). Her was SO grateful for a good home. He was one of the best cats I’ve ever had, and I really miss him. Cats don’t live long enough.

  • Barbara Hansen

    my kitty is a senior kitty (almost 15), and she is the most affectionate kitty.She will play sometimes but does enjoy her catnaps. She cuddles up to me on the couch and sleeps on my bed at night – I dread the thought of losing her.

  • Thomasina Buckner

    I have Seizures and I only adopt senior cats. They’re more relaxed and more mellow than Kittens who have high energy..I used to have a cat who’d have a seizure before I did. He’d tell me I would have about five minutes before I go into one. My cat, Casey, was fine on other people’s lap and when I mentioned this to his vet. She said it can happen but I haven’t seen it…until you & Casey.

  • Cheryl Goldsmith

    I am the proud cat parent of 2 senior cats, ages 12 & 13, each of whom was adopted as an adult after surrender to the local animal shelter. My 12 year old was 5 when I rescued her, & my 13 year old was rescued at age 10. They are both wonderful, beautiful Persian cats, who have not lost neither their zest for nor interest in life. While they are happy perched near the window watching the wildlife outside, they have not forgotten how to chase & play like kittens. They have enriched my life & I am truly grateful that each of them chose me to be their guardian. I would tell anyone who will listen that a cat’s age should not be a barrier to adoption, but the adopter must be aware that senior cats, like human seniors, may develop medical conditions that require attention. While not usually a big deal, a pet’s health & their guardian’s obligation to maintain it is a factor that should be considered when contemplating adoption.

  • Neville Galea

    I personally prefer senior cats over kittens because they can take care more of themselves and especially because they return love more than you can give them they also have more relax attitude.

  • Edony Lamont

    Our Tiffy died at age 20 in 2016. We went to SPCA here in Florida and adopted a brother and sister kittens. We lost Rembrandt (Remi) a week ago with serious kidney and heart disease. After paying almost $2000 for his diagnoses the vet said that if he was a human he would be on the list for a kidney transplant. We didn’t let him suffer anymore tests as the vet said he would only survive another 3 or 4 months. We were so sad but we still have Hunny who is adorable.

  • Sue B.

    My old girl lived until 16 years, I got her when she was 6. She was the best cat ever. I would never have anything except an older cat.

  • Fran Kelso

    I am a senior with a senior cat (he is 16). It’s nice to have a cat about my age. I adopted him a little over a year ago from the shelter, and he was so glad to get out of that place that when I got him home, he followed me around all day and purred.

    It’s nice to have a mellow cat that I can handle. At my age, a kitten or a younger cat would be too hard for me to keep up with. Instead, I have an old man cat who gives me as much love and affection as I want. He is so sweet…I do recommend an older cat.

  • Faith

    My cat makes me happy even when I feel like its impossible to be happy

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